Patent Number: 6,674,451

Title: Preventing audio feedback

Abstract: A method for enabling a user to proactively reduce the likelihood of audio feedback in an application requiring audio input and output, comprising the steps of: generating a graphical user interface (GUI) display screen including a first area for displaying information about preventing audio feedback and a second area for user selections and controls; displaying a list of available audio outputs in the second area; prompting the user to select one of the audio outputs from the list; prompting the user to select one of a plurality of muting options for each selected one of the audio outputs; and, displaying in the GUI display screen an explanation for each one of the plurality of muting options, whereby muting selections for proactively reducing the likelihood of audio feedback can be made based on user experience and knowledge. Only one of the muting option explanations is displayed at a time, responsive to the user selection of one of the muting options.

Inventors: Fado; Frank (Highland Beach, FL), Guasti; Peter (Coral Springs, FL), Nassiff; Amado (Boynton Beach, FL), Van Buskirk; Ronald (Indiantown, FL), Ruback; Harvey (Loxahatchee, FL)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G09G 5/00 (20060101); G09G 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/06/2021